The following statement can be attributed to ACLU of New Jersey Executive Director Amol Sinha:
“The right to abortion is already a fundamental constitutional right in New Jersey. For 40 years, our state constitution has provided greater protection for abortion rights than Roe v. Wade and the recent repeal of Roe by the U.S. Supreme Court did not undermine those rights. Thanks to our elected leaders, the Freedom of Reproductive Choice Act codified New Jersey’s strong reproductive rights into legislation.
“A state constitutional amendment that only maintains the status quo is unnecessary, and without a careful, deliberative process, a ballot measure risks creating uncertainty in the legal landscape. We must do more. This moment calls for building upon New Jersey’s robust legal protections to create access to abortion care and ensure that this right is a reality for all in our state.
“We commend legislative leaders for recognizing the concerns raised by providers and advocates about a possible constitutional amendment, and urge them to prioritize what is needed: immediate action to extend equitable access to reproductive health care, including abortion, to all in New Jersey. We look forward to working with stakeholders to ensure abortion access for all.”